Experiential and stunning: the future of hotel design
// GLOBAL CITIZENS ARE SEEKING LUXURIOUS SPACES AND OBJECTS AND THE TIME TO ENJOY THEM.
This trend can be seen in a variety of realms but has clearly left its mark on the world of interior design. For the Luxury Bleisure Hotel Monaco competition, we honed in on the best ways of using our limited time, from taking charge of it to rendering it special.
The architects in the SGS Lab have designed a hotel with comfortable, livable spaces, each defined by an original style based around the usage. For instance, the meeting rooms are decked out with a music and live performance space; the areas dedicated to relaxing are comprised of the traditional spa and wellness centre, but we’ve also recommended the addition of a library with a co-working space and a quiet reading room; and last of all, the suites have been redesigned to create an immersive wellness experience for guests. One of the many characteristic elements is the elimination of partitions between the bathroom and the living space in order to create an open, airy feel.
We discovered this same concept of embracing nature and combining it with socialization in a project designed by the Neri & Hu firm for the 2018 edition of the project-installation Elle Decor Grand Hotel recently inaugurated a Milan. The rooms flow organically one into another; the natural surroundings enter into and contaminate the interior environments, while the uses of these spaces undergo a dynamic transformation. Here it becomes clear that natural surroundings will inspire the architecture of hotels and houses in the future. Formerly static spaces will come to life, transforming according to the season for absolute comfort on a human scale.
SGS Architetti Associati in New York
// A TOUR OF OUR BIG APPLE PROJECTS
SGS is headquartered in Milan but has many projects outside of Italy. New York holds a special place in the hearts of many architects and designers. The city is a dream for architects, a place for exploring and discovering. We’ve recently returned to New York to oversee the interior restyling of a classy hotel located in SoHo, the Manhattan neighborhood that’s home to many antique shops and art galleries, a treasure trove for today’s creatives.
Our team has already worked on a variety of important projects in New York. We have designed two restaurants and participated in an urban redevelopment project competition. In autumn 2017, the restaurant Raviolo opened. We dreamed up restaurant’s avant-garde interior that’s both eclectic and fun. Raviolo serves authentic, high-quality Italian dishes reinterpreted in a globally hip style that links New York with Milan, Paris and London.
Led by chef Massimiliano Eandi, Raviolo is the latest venture of Paolo Meregalli. He’s also the owner of Mulino a Vino, another restaurant that we designed. Award-winning chef Davide Scabin helmed Mulino a Vino. From the moment it opened until its closure for renovations, this informal spot attracted New Yorkers who love Italian wines.
Moving from New York interiors to exteriors, the SGS team created a design that was part of a 2015 large-scale urban project competition, namely the redevelopment around the High Line, the abandoned railway line which has been transformed into a chic, elevated park. We proposed Sky Condo, a concept for a futuristic and green structure along the High Line. With this design for a mixed-use building that would’ve blurred the lines between nature and the city, we soared high in this city of dreams. And it’s brought us good luck.
NYC Sky Condo concept design.